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Act Of War Double At Turffontein

Act Of War at Summerhill Equestrian. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Summerhill Equestrian sire Act Of War enjoyed a double at Turffontein on Saturday. The other sire to feature of Summerhill Equestrian was Willow Magic.

Bartholdi, a half-brother to the smart and handsome Bohica (Capetown Noir) sold for R180 000 at the 2019 BSA Ready To Run Sale. Trained by Australian-bound Gary Alexander for syndicate Mrs J P Gardner and Messrs R G Coppin, B G Gardner and C J Millar, Gary Alexander Racing Stables CC and Summerhill Stud Syndicate (Nom: Mr M J B Goss), Bartholdi has won twice and placed from just four starts!

The three year old gelding is out of Mullins Bay mare Wysiwig, from dam of recent smart winner Aisling, and Spring Spree Listed winner Bohica. Wysiwig is from the immediate family of Gr1 2nd placed Kalami and 12-time winner Mannequin. Wysiwig has a Rabada yearling to come through.

The second winner came from a trainer who is enjoying phenomenal success with another daughter of Act Of War, War Of Athena – this time winning with Only The Brave for trainer Paul Matchett – also a graduate of the 2019 BSA Ready To Run Sale.

She sold for R150 000, and is superbly bred out of the mare Spring Garland which produced international SAF-bred winners Imbongi and Mahubo – and is the family of William Longsword, Kelly, and Victory Moon amongst others. Only The Brave has now won twice for owners
Mr R S Wentzel & Dr R E Waterman-Wentzel and placed four times – only out of the money on one occasion.

Henning Pretorius of Summerhill Equestrian received the award for outstanding Stallion Prospect for Act Of War in December at the KZN Breeders Awards. Image: Candiese Lenferna

Act Of War now has a winners to runners percentage of 30%, with two Black Type wins for the current season with War Of Athena. War Of Athena is a 5-time winner, Gr1 2nd placed and the winner of a Gr2 and Gr3 and owned in the same partnership as Only The Brave.

Summerhill Equestrian report that the Gr1 winning son of Dynasty has covered almost 80 mares in the 2020 season – we look forward to more to come in the future!

Act Of War took home the KZN Breeders Award for Outstanding Stallion Prospect in 2020.

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